Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain blasted President Donald Trump for his “disgraceful” performance at a joint news conference with Russia President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant,” the chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee said in a statement. “Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.”

McCain, who has been a frequent critic of the president, accused Trump of being “unwilling” to stand up to Putin, adding they seemed to be speaking from the “same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.”

McCain Attacks Trump Over Putin Meeting: ‘Defended a Tyrant’

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